Although people are currently confined to their homes in an effort to self-quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic, many are finding creative ways to give back and even provide a reason to smile through the hardship.
This week, it was a roving Easter bunny and a local pizza man who went above and beyond to make a positive impact on their communities. And in turn, incite hope throughout the country.
The coronavirus is certainly impacting the upcoming holiday. But one woman from New Jersey made sure that the current circumstances wouldn’t ruin it when she decided to dress up as the famous Easter symbol to make some socially-distant visits to neighbor’s homes. “I thought to myself, ‘Wait a minute, this is some baby’s first Easter or the first time a toddler recognizes the bunny and it could also be an older child that this may be their last year feeling the Easter bunny magic,” Jennifer Blair tells Yahoo Lifestyle. Kids and adults alike stood outside of their homes to catch a glimpse of the bunny, getting them excited for Sunday.
While hospitals across the country are experiencing a ventilator shortage, a group of engineers in Maryland is working on an alternative that uses more readily-available breast pumps. In response, mothers in the Washington D.C., Virginia and Maryland areas are donating theirs to take part in the cause. “We’re using donated breast pumps to bring down costs and readily-available parts so we’re not contributing to the ventilator shortage,” Rachel LaBatt, one of the four engineers working on the project, tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “These women spent so many long hours with their pumps, and now are helping. Mothers are incredible.”
To the students of Dumas ISD: Tonight and every weekday night from 8:00 to 9:00 we are going to burn our stadium lights for you... as a symbol of hope and an assurance that you are on our hearts and minds. To the Great State of Texas: We challenge you to do the same. #bethelight pic.twitter.com/FRyAUa4Yrt— Dumas High School (@dumashstx) March 25, 2020
High school administrators are assuring their students that they haven’t been forgotten while finishing their semesters at home during this difficult time by turning on the bright lights of their football stadiums. “My heart was hurting for our kids, and I wanted to show that we love them,” Brett Beesley, principal of Dumas High School in Texas tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “I thought, ‘It would be cool to light up the stadium.’” Beesley then tweeted a photo of the lights shining bright and challenged other districts across the country to take part with the hashtag #bethelight.
New Orleans-based cook Larry Galper was laid off from his restaurant job as a result of the coronavirus outbreak and its impact on the vibrant city. But he wouldn’t let that stop him from doing what he loves. So, Galper started making pizzas to sell from his home, matching the purchases with donated pizzas to feed essential workers, furloughed employees and their families. “Every time I go and deliver these pizzas to University Medical Center, Tulane, any of the fire stations or grocery stores — those people are amazing,” Galper tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “I’ve never been met with anything but a smile. Probably because I’m carrying 10 to 12 delicious pizzas, but I can’t even imagine what they’re going through every day and what they’re witnessing and risking.”
Movie theaters may be closed, but that hasn’t kept passers-by — on social media or from 6-feet away — from finding magic as the marquees of many of the shuttered buildings are now decorated with powerful words. “See you on the other side,” Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn, N.Y. has displayed, while a theater in Tucson, Ariz. reads, “We’ll get through this together.”
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